Hockey writer for USA TODAY since 1986.

Kevin Allen has been USA TODAY's hockey writer since 1986, and has spoken hockey fluently since he was a young man growing up in Wayne, Mich. He has covered roughly 570 NHL playoff games, 25 Stanley Cup finals. and seven Olympic tournaments. He wrote his first NHL story in the 1970, and covered his first playoff series in 1983-84. He believes Gordie Howe is the best all-around player in ...

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No Kris Letang: Capitals face must-win Game 4

usatoday.com — PITTSBURGH - Kris Letang's importance to the Pittsburgh Penguins doesn't mean the team will be in panic mode when he sits out Game 4 because of a suspension for a dangerous hit against Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson. "We'll prepare the same way," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said before the one-game suspension was announced.

Penguins’ Matt Murray isn’t your average 21-year-old goalie

usatoday.com — PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray's ability to perform like a veteran at age 21 centers on his ability to hide his inexperience behind an unshakable wall of confidence. "He does not get affected by the ebbs and flows of the game," Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says.

Penguins' Kris Letang will have a hearing for collision with Marcus Johansson

usatoday.com — Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang will have a hearing with the NHL's Department of Players Safety on Tuesday for his collision with Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson, the league announced. The hearing leaves Letang open to a suspension or a fine.

Brooks Orpik admits hit was 'pretty bad mistake;' Barry Trotz questions suspension length

usatoday.com — PITTSBURGH - Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik accepted responsibility for the head hit he delivered that injured Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta, saying his three-game suspension was "fair" and that he made a "pretty bad mistake."

Matt Murray leads Penguins past Capitals in Game 3, but Kris Letang could face discipline

usatoday.com — PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins left their arena with a grind-it-out 3-2 playoff win against the Washington Capitals on Monday but won't know what it cost them until Tuesday evening.

NHL sends clear message to players with Brooks Orpik's suspension

NHL sends clear message to players with Brooks Orpik's suspension
usatoday.com — PITTSBURGH - The Washington Capitals-Pittsburgh Penguins series is a highly competitive, entertaining playoff matchup where every check, play and decision seems critical. But the importance of the series doesn't give players a license to act dangerously in the name of winning.

NHL draft lottery winners: Maple Leafs aren't the only ones

NHL draft lottery winners: Maple Leafs aren't the only ones
usatoday.com — Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan earned three Stanley Cup rings as a player and now can have Auston Matthews to prove he knows how to lose effectively. Toronto's winning of the draft lottery is a reminder that Shanahan is laying out the blueprint for how to properly rebuild an NHL team.

Penguins' depth lifts them past Capitals in Game 2

Penguins' depth lifts them past Capitals in Game 2
usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals have put so much energy into shutting down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin that they have forgotten that the Pittsburgh Penguins' bottom six forwards can be nearly as dangerous.

T. J. Oshie's hat trick puts Capitals over Penguins in Game 1 overtime

T. J. Oshie's hat trick puts Capitals over Penguins in Game 1 overtime
usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - General manager Brian MacLellan traded for T.J. Oshie last summer because he believed the Washington Capitals needed player who could deliver big goals. The move looked prophetic Thursday when Oshie scored three goals, including the game-winner at 9:33 of overtime, to help the Capitals post a 4-3 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinal.

Sharks' Joe Thornton, even at 36, is NHL's most underappreciated star

Sharks' Joe Thornton, even at 36, is NHL's most underappreciated star
usatoday.com — When Peter DeBoer accepted the head coaching job with the San Jose Sharks last July, the first player he ran into was Joe Thornton. In the middle of the offseason, DeBoer discovered Thornton in the weight room. "He truly loves being at the rink, being around the guys," DeBoer told USA TODAY Sports.
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May 03, 2016

Penguins’ Matt Murray isn’t your average 21-year-old goalie: usat.ly/24nLllT pic.twitter.com/yOqyKXIOLT

May 03, 2016

Kris Letang will have a hearing for collision with Marcus Johansson: usat.ly/21tpzb3

May 03, 2016

Murray saves Pens' bacon, but Letang may not get a reprieve usat.ly/26NgzS6 via @USATODAY

May 03, 2016

Matt Murray leads Penguins past Capitals in Game 3, but Kris Letang could face discipline usat.ly/26NgzS6 via @USATODAY

May 02, 2016

Johansson is back on the Capitals' bench. Still no sign of Pittsburgh's Rust.

May 02, 2016

The NHL said Orpik's hit was 1 second after Maatta released puck. twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie…

May 02, 2016

Capitals looking for payback against Letang instead of worrying about the game.

May 02, 2016

Here we go again: Letang late on hit. Received two minutes now and you would think the league would review.


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